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Title: Measurement of Richtmyer–Meshkov mode coupling under steady shock conditions and at high energy density

Here, we present experiments observing Richtmyer–Meshkov mode coupling and bubble competition in a system arising from well-characterized initial conditions and driven by a strong (Mach ~ 8) shock. These measurements and the analysis method developed to interpret them provide an important step toward the possibility of observing self-similarity under such conditions, as well as a general platform for performing and analyzing hydrodynamic instability experiments. A key feature of these experiments is that the shock is sustained sufficiently long that this nonlinear behavior occurs without decay of the shock velocity or other hydrodynamic properties of the system, which facilitates analysis and allows the results to be used in the study of analytic models.
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  1. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Nuclear Research Center, Beer-Sheva (Israel)
  3. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1574-1818
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
High Energy Density Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 17; Journal Issue: PB; Journal ID: ISSN 1574-1818
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24)
Country of Publication:
United States
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS hydrodynamic instability; laser; Richtmyer–Meshkov; shock waves; laboratory experiments